Major Announcement: APUG future development plans

Discussion in 'APUG System Announcements' started by Sean, Nov 22, 2016.

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    Things are moving much faster now. We're at the 75% completed mark. Everything is exceeding expectations and I'm looking forward to running a closed beta soon that all members can login to and provide feedback.
     
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    More solid progress thanks to my coder being available. I intend to post several detailed screenshots of the dev environment this week and explain in more detail how the system handles data throughout the site. The good news is that the concept of unifying APUG/Hybrid/DPUG back ends with a single user login, yet allowing for complete control of the content per user preference WORKS. It not only works but is effortless and "1-click". For example, the three workflow content areas: Analog Hybrid Digital, can be enabled/disabled from the site header in real time with 1-click (options seen in the image below).

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    If Hybrid & Digital are un-checked all hybrid & digital content in all areas of the site literally vanish, resulting in what is essentially making the entire site analog/APUG. For those who enable all 3 areas, you have the expanded content. The custom system we developed is linked to every aspect of the site wide content. We also have some solutions for "thread drift" when threads that take on multiple content types as well as a way to use certain forums for all content types (for example we do not need 3 forums for Classified WTB for each workflow, we do not need 3 Standard Galleries for each workflow. Multi-use areas and other content areas will still fall under the top level control of user workflow preference. If you only have "analog" enabled then your Classified WTB forum only shows analog WTB ads, if someone else has all areas enabled then their WTB forum shows ads for analog, hybrid, digital. It also does so with a bit of visual indication in the thread lists of what content type individual threads are. This will be easier to understand when I post some screenshots soon. Also, search result pages fall under the global workflow preference you set, everything is tied to the three check boxes in the header next to the logo, even the types of ads shown are linked to the individual workflow areas so that the analog areas promote only analog businesses yet digital areas show relevant ads. Speaking of ads they are still very low key and non-invasive (no pop-ups, no splash pages, etc basically the same as APUG is right now).

    More soon, thanks! Sean
     
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    As promised a few teasers of the current development environment. These are not mockups, this is a working environment. If you'd like to provide any feedback feel free to contact me via PM or email: sean@photrio.com

    There is still a fair bit of work to do, and most importantly extensive full blown testing by the membership. I've seen rollouts go horribly wrong and want to involve the community 100% with the proposed changes. I want members to feel excited about the potential, especially for analog photography/APUG to step out of a niche and reach a much larger global audience.

    Screenshot 1:

    Things to note:

    -The workflow/content selector next to the photrio logo. This works in real time to enable/disable vast amounts of content site wide. Your choice is stored and remembered, so you only need to select the options once, but you can change your choice at any time.

    -The user login area, top right. This data was moved out of the main site menu bar, which will allow us more flexibility for mobile formats and extra menu items.

    -Dynamic header capabilities. The header consists of an information box and banner ad, both which will change depending on where you are on the site. The header in the screenshot is currently the "default" site header.

    -Overall site formatting. From the header down, most if not all of the site is the same as we have now on APUG. It is built off of the current APUG style. There will be no re-learning, misplaced items or confusion.

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    Things to note:

    As mentioned previously, this is a method currently employed to ensure we do not unnecessarily triple up on various content areas. The idea being we do not need 3 individual forums:

    Analog Classifieds WTB
    Hybrid Classifieds WTB
    Digital Classifieds WTB

    All we need is a single "Classifieds WTB" forum. When placing an ad the relevant workflow(s) are selected during thread creation. This is then tied to your overall site preference selected in the site header. If all you have selected in the site header is "Analog" then you will not see "Hybrid" or "Digital" ads in the "Classifieds WTB" forum, only Analog ads. For those viewing all workflow types, I have added small icons so at a glance you can see which threads relate to which workflow(s). Notice one ad contains all three. A user option exists to hide these identifier icons if you wish.

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    Screenshot 3:

    Things to note:

    The visual indicators also appear in search results as seen below. When viewing "new posts" you can easily pick out which workflows are being discussed. A user option exists to hide these identifier icons if you wish.

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    Ok, so there is a sneak peek of the current work in progress. The three workflows at your fingertips, a single click to enable or disable any combination of the three. One unified single login framework, maximum user content choice for all those in the various "camps". It's not so much about ignoring what others are doing, it's about focusing on what works for you and sharing in that with others. There are posts I made more than 5+yrs ago wishing for the technology to give us such a system, so I am pretty excited. For those firmly in the APUG camp you will have the same system as always should you disable "hybrid" and "digital", those who use APUG and have always wanted more expanded areas throughout APUG, you can now have that by enabling "hybrid" and "digital".

    Thanks for having a look, and feel free to contact me via PM or sean@photrio.com

    more to come...
     
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